Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

Last updated (02 January’12):
- Review & Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR wins Best Compact D-Camera XIX TIPA Awards 2009

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR is a 12 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera features Super CCD EXR sensor provides superior picture quality, enabling a “3-in-1” sensor combination of “Fine Capture Technology” (High Resolution), “Pixel Fusion Technology” (High Sensitivity & Low Noise), and “Dual Capture Technology” (Wide Dynamic Range). The camera has 5x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 28 – 140mm on a 35mm camera), Face Detection 3.0, Newly Evolved – Film Simulation Mode and a 3.0-inch, Approx. 230,000 dots, TFT color LCD monitor. The FinePix F200EXR measures 97.7(W) x 58.9(H) x 23.4(D)mm / 3.8(W) x 2.3(H) x 0.9(D)in. and weighs Approx. 175g/6.2oz.
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Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Reviews

TrustedReviews reviews the Fujifilm F200EXR and writes;
“Fujifilm has once again produced a superb feature-packed super-zoom camera that sets new standards for image quality and versatility, providing more control than most entry-level DSLRs. As a hobby photographer’s camera the S200EXR is in a class of its own, and at its current price it’s outstanding value for money.”
Rating: ★★★★★

CNET.au reviews the Fujifilm F200EXR and writes;
“The pictures the S200EXR delivers are very good — just be prepared to develop some sweet biceps as you take your images.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

MacWorld reviews the Fujifilm F200EXR and writes;
” Though the FinePix F200 EXR is a great little point-and-shoot, it has some surprising limitations. Low-light images are excellent without the flash, colors are vibrant, and the FinePix F200 EXR has some top-notch A.I., but….”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

ImagingResource reviews the Fujifilm F200EXR and writes;
“: Full autofocus shutter lag is good for a pocket camera, at 0.51 second at wide angle and 0.49 second at full telephoto. Enabling the flash increased full AF shutter lag to 0.64 second at wide angle, still pretty good. Prefocus shutter lag is 0.171 second, a little slower than average, but still pretty fast.”
Rating: N/A

DigicamReview reviews the Fujifilm F200EXR and writes;
” Image quality is very good with good colour, good skin tones, good detail and generally low noise…Overall the camera works well and produces very good images in a number of situations, and is recommended!”
Rating: ★★★★½

DPinterface reviews the Fujifilm F200EXR and writes;
“The camera’s main advantage/appeal is that it excels in taking pictures, especially in low-light, and offers noise levels which are one to two stops better and more usable than the competition. If your utmost important criteria in getting a compact camera is “high quality images” and you care less about other aspects, then the FinePix F200 EXR should be at the top of your consideration list..”
Rating: N/A

PCWorld reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR and writes;
“The FinePix F200 EXR scored well in PC World Test Center’s battery evaluations, capturing 315 photos on a single charge of its lithium ion battery, enough for a battery life score of Very Good.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR and writes;
“The good: Excellent photo quality; lots of useful features; very good dynamic range and high ISO performance in EXR modes; takes SDHC and xD cards. The bad: Basic Movie mode for its price; limited aperture settings; menu systems take some getting used to. The bottom line: Don’t let its new sensor technology scare you off: the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR is an excellent compact camera with shooting features for just about every type of user..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalRev compares the Fujifilm F200EXR to Panasonic LX3 and writes;
“The F200EXR truly stands out in High Dynamic Range mode, and given the price difference between the two cameras, its performance is really excellent value for money. However, for those who prefer to take control of their settings, the Panasonic Lumix LX3 would be the best bet.”
Rating: N/A

DCI reviews Fuji Finepix F200EXR and writes;
“The resolution and color performance were both very good, and the noise levels are decent too. It has plenty of controls, including a manual mode lacking in similarly-priced models, and we were generally pleased with how it performed. “
Rating: N/A

Cameras.uk reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR and writes;
“This camera offers something a little different to most digital cameras. It has a few interesting features added in and takes a good photo. If you are looking for a compact camera with a some more advanced features then take a look here.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

LetsGoDigital reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR and writes;
“The image quality is excellent. How strongly the Super CCD EXR is actually influencing the end result did not become clear to us. It turned out that features such as dynamic range and signal/noise ratio are better than just average, which is a great achievement for a compact camera.”
Rating: ★★★★½

InfoSync reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR and writes;
“Fringing was uniformly low, colors were beautifully natural and details echoed with lifelike quality. We were particularly blown away by the effectiveness of the Finepix F200EXR’s malleable dynamic range, courtesy of the EXR shooting mode. Images were sharp, but sometimes a trifle over-sharpened in High Resolution Priority mode. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

TechRadar reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR and writes;
“the camera did an excellent job of retaining both highlight and lowlight detail, for example, preventing pale blue skies from washing out while preserving plenty of intricacy in dark shadows.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

LuminousLandscape compares Fuji Finepix F200EXR vs Canon Powershot SX 200 IS vs Panasonic Lumix ZS3/TZ7 and writes;
“I’ve decided that the Panasonic Lumix ZS3 / TZ7 comes closest to meeting my needs. I like the fit and finish, size, weight, focal range, and – yes – even the image quality – as long as I don’t have expectations beyond what it can deliver. It’s more than acceptable; at least for the purposes that I have for it as a visual note pad and for recording the unexpected.”
Rating: N/A

NeoCamera reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR and writes;
“The Fuji Finepix F200 EXR turns in an exceptional level of image quality, better than any camera in its class by a wide margin.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DCRP reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR and writes;
“Photo quality was very good in most respects. At the normal, full resolution setting, the F200EXR’s photos are well-exposed (though there’s some highlight clipping), with pleasing, vivid color. I do feel that images are on the soft side, though, and some fine details aren’t as crisp as I’d like.”
Rating: N/A

DCR reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR and writes;
“The sensitivity to light performance is a solid performer from ISO 100, 200 and 400, but at 800 a rise in noise is evident. Even at ISO 1600 and 3200, you get a usable picture that looks pretty good, with acceptable levels of noise.”
Rating: N/A

Photoxels reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR and writes;
“Overall, the F200EXR produces excellent images up to ISO 200, with ISO 400 and 800 usable. The availability of wide Dynamic Range is an exciting development that is much welcomed and may put an end to blown highlights forever.”
Rating: Editor’s Choice

CNET.uk reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR and writes;
“The Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR is a fantastic camera. The brand new EXR sensor delivers the improved high-ISO quality promised by Fujifilm, and the high-dynamic-range mode is just brilliant. Fujifilm may just have pulled the rug out from under its rivals”
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotographyBlog reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR and writes;
“Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR produces fantastic out-of-the-camera JPEG images with low noise and amazing dynamic range. Sure, the pay-off is physically smaller images in some instances, but if you want to literally see the finer details in all areas of your photos, that’s a price well worth paying in our book.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotoReview.au reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR and writes;
“Backlit subjects were competently handled and extreme backlighting produced little flare, even with the non-EXR shooting modes. The autofocusing system was reasonably fast and usually accurate with subjects that were centrally located.”
Rating: ★★★★½

ePhotozine reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR and writes;
“Noise is dealt with very well at low ISO which is the mark of good hardware and a larger sensor. It’s not until ISO400 that it starts to become evident on the image but it then starts to deteriorate as the sensitivity increases.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCWatch reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR and writes;
“Thus, F200EXR However, there is little to complain, but at least I have the F31fd and F100fd is condensed into a single, point was to use the switch is satisfied. Finally, F31fd say that the emergence of its successor’s true. “
Rating: N/A

CNETasia reviews the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR and writes;
“The bottom line: Despite minor flaws, we were captivated by the incredible image quality from the F200EXR, considering it is just a point-and-shoot. By far one of the best midrange compacts we’ve tested.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR hands-on video by WDC;

User Opinions

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR User Reviews

The Compact DSLR! | Rating: ★★★★★
“Well, it is not quite a DSLR, but about as close as you can get. Nothing different than what has already been outlined in previous reviews; IQ is best in class, 5x lens, compact size, what more could you want. As noted, best setting is in P mode with DR set to Auto and ISO to 400 (Auto). Great camera!..” – by JR

A Snappy Little Camera | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’ve been putting this camera to the test for a couple of months, and the more I use it, the more I love it. It’s intuitive, fast, and the automatic setting will make the photographer look more talented than she or he is….” – by Tamara

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Samples

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Samples

- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Sample Photos @ DigicamReview
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Sample Photos @ DPInterface
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Sample Photos @ CNET
- Fujifilm F200EX VS Panasonic LX3 Sample Photos @ DigitalRev
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Sample Photos @ LetsGoDigital
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Sample Images: 123 @ InfoSync
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Sample Photos @ Dpreview
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Sample Photos @ NeoCamera
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Sample Photos @ DCRP
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Sample Images: 12 @ DCR
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Sample Photos @ Photoxels
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Sample Photos @ DCWatch
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Sample Photos @ Dpreview
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Sample Images: 12345 @ Fujifilm Global

Download

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR User Manual (PDF)

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Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Firmware

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Firmware Update Ver.1.10
- Improve the performance of Super Intelligent Flash
- Add Finnish, Norwegian, Danish or Slovak as as selectable languages for On Screen Display.

Press

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR Press Release

February 4, 2009: First announced at Photokina 2008, Fujifilm’s new EXR technology makes its first appearance in a new camera announced today, the FinePix F200EXR.

Following a long line of famous Super CCD sensors in cameras like the FinePix F10 and FinePix F31fd, the FinePix F200EXR is designed by Fujifilm to be the perfect camera for the photographic enthusiast. Primed to be the class-leading compact of 2009, the FinePix F200EXR utilises brand new, ground-breaking technology to create an unprecedented level of image quality from a consumer level compact.


Demo video by Fujifilm

Using the human eye as the basis for the perfect camera sensor, Fujifilm has yet again extended technological boundaries, creating a Super CCD capable of registering excellent levels of detail when switched to its high resolution mode, but at the same time, capable of offering excellent quality in low light and superb highlight detail in contrasty light when switched to its high sensitivity and wide dynamic range modes respectively.

In addition to the 12 Megapixel 1/1.6”Super CCD EXR and completely redesigned EXR Processor, the FinePix F200EXR inherits its rich feature set from the FinePix F100fd, which includes a powerful Fujinon 5x wide angle optical zoom lens, and the most powerful face detection technology on the market, Face Detection 3.0, with auto red eye removal. On top of this, the F200EXR offers 5 Film Simulation Modes, a 3.0” high-resolution 230,000 dots wide view LCD, HD Photo Output, Dual Image Stabilisation and sensitivity up to ISO 12800 (3 million pixel only).

This combination of cutting-edge technology encased within a pocketable digital compact body means that advanced amateur photographers through to professionals will be able to take breathtaking pictures in the most challenging of conditions.

The world’s most versatile photographic sensor

Faced with a market driven by the demand for higher pixel counts, yet conscious that high concentrations of pixels on small sensors can produce diminishing quality returns, Fujifilm engineers had a radical rethink about sensor technology. Why not make a sensor that can flex its behaviour according to the scene to be photographed? Why not give full resolution when bright light allows, but use the pixels in a different way when the light is not ideal? The FinePix F200EXR offers 3 switchable modes in one sensor:

- High Resolution mode, which deploys all twelve million pixels, and is designed to offer the finest detail of intricate subjects when light is full and even
- High Sensitivity and Low Noise mode, which caps two adjacent pixels together to produce 6 million large photodiodes, which are big enough to absorb light in the darkest of conditions, to produce low-light shots of extraordinary quality with minimal noise and grain; and
- Wide Dynamic Range mode, which captures different exposures with two sets of six million pixels, which, when combined, gives an excellent level of detail in highlights that would otherwise be lost.

In EXR Mode, the photographer can choose which sensor setting is preferable for the subject to be photographed by choosing High Resolution Priority (HR) to maximise resolution, High ISO and Low Noise Priority (SN) for high quality low-light work or D-Range Priority (DR) for the best detail with contrasty subjects.

Perfect Pictures – Automatically

The FinePix F60fd was the first digital camera to introduce SR AUTO (Scene Recognition AUTO), allowing photographers to let the camera determine the settings to ensure correct exposure, colour reproduction and lighting.

The FinePix F200 EXR takes the next technological step by combining Scene recognition technology with EXR technology by automatically and intelligently choosing the correct Super CCD EXR Priority in conjunction with a range of other controls (image quality, exposure, focus, white balance etc). Now, the photographer can let the camera choose the best sensor mode by using the revolutionary EXR AUTO mode, which is the most efficient mechanism yet invented to quickly optimise the camera’s settings to allow the photographer to concentrate on capturing the perfect shot.

EXR Auto offers six modes to choose from: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Backlit Portrait, Night, and Night Portrait. As an example, when taking close subject, FinePix F200EXR will intelligently choose Macro mode by recognizing the scene. Then the sensor will switch to the best EXR mode that is suitable for the scene. Intelligently switching into one of High Resolution Priority (HR), High ISO and Low Noise Priority(S/N), and D-Range Priority (DR) to capture the best possible shot.

The FinePix F200EXR also retains Fujifilm’s improved exposure modes. New “Super intelligent flash” can control technology that even lets you take flash assisted macro shots without flash washout. Enables to capture subjects and background in bright, clear a natural detail over the full flash range including ultra close-ups. Other popular exposure modes such as Natural Light and with Flash (giving the user a choice of flash ‘on’ or flash ‘off’ shots) or Natural Light, is featured to capture great candid portraits when powerful flash might be intrusive.

Like all great compacts, the FinePix F200EXR lets the photographer decide the best shooting mode. On AUTO, the camera deploys 12 million pixels and operates like other standard high-class compacts. On MANUAL, the aperture and shutter speed can be chosen independently, while PROGRAM mode offers a choice of Program AE and Aperture Priority AE.

Don’t Leave Without Your Favorite Film

Photographic versatility is stretched yet further with the addition of five Film Simulation modes. Producing beautiful images is something which is in the very DNA of Fujifilm, and Fujifilm engineers are determined to leverage the considerable strengths gained through years of perfecting film to making the best sensor possible. Introduced to compacts for the very first time, the FinePix F200EXR offers Velvia/ Vivid mode for rich and luscious landscapes, Provia/ Standard mode for excellent, sharp, standard photography, ASTIA/Soft mode for fine, smooth tonality, Black and White for dramatic monochromes and Sepia for a warm-toned period look are also featured.

Great on TV Also

Images captured by the FinePix F200EXR look breathtaking when displayed on an HDTV. With standard HD cameras, HD-out means pictures can de displayed in the correct aspect ratio in excellent resolution. But with the FinePix F200EXR, noise and grain in the shadows is hardly noticeable while highlights, so often poor with conventional cameras, can be seen in excellent detail. And colour, sometimes washed out and insipid, looks bold and dramatic, especially when Film Simulation modes are used.

The Full Package

The FinePix F200EXR is fitted with the same sharp lens that made its predecessor such a winner. With its precision optics and massive 5x zoom range, from wide 28mm to long telephoto of 140 mm, the optic delivers sharp, crisp pictures to the sensor every time. And with CCD shift image stabilisation combined with high sensitivity, shots will be blur-free time after time, even in the most difficult of conditions. The FinePix F200EXR can shoot up to super high sensitivity ISO 12800.

Finally, to help with quick focusing, the FinePix F200EXR is fitted with Fujifilm’s Face Detection 3.0, which is regarded to be one of the most accurate and speedy on the market. Faces can be ‘found’ instantly and accurately at any angle.

Availability & pricing

The FinePix F200EXR will be available from end of February. Pricing will be announced nearer to the date of the launch.


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